Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 8:12 pm
The cast and roster of X-Men: Apocalypse continues to grow. Olivia Munn, who isn’t afraid of showing her inner geek, is the latest addition to the cast. Director Bryan Singer has confirmed that she is signed on to play Psylocke, a popular psychic ninja assassin mutant in the X-Men universe. She is just one of the many newcomers joining the franchise.
Singer made the official announcement on his Instagram. He seems to be the person to follow if you want to get any X-Men: Apocalypse casting updates, and included a brief caption that read:
“Excited to welcome @oliviamunn as Betsy Braddock! #Psylocke #XmenApocalypse #XMEN”
Munn is no stranger to the geek community, having hosted G4TV’s popular flagship show, Attack of the Show, where she talked about pop culture, TV, movies, video games, tech, and more. She then went on to have a cameo role in Iron Man 2, and guest spots on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. She also played Sloan Sabbith in Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom.
The actress joins newcomers Ben Hardy, who was recently confirmed to play Angel – or Archangel – in the new Bryan Singer film; Lana Condor, who will play Jubilee; Kodi Smit-McPhee as NightCrawler; Sophie Turner as Jean Grey; Tye Sheridan as Cyclops; and Alexandra Shipp as Storm. Oscar Isaac plays the title villain.
Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Nicholas Hoult return to reprise their respective roles.
Given the size of the cast, we don’t know what to expect to see from Munn or how she will be used. Some of the previous films have relegated the big name mutants to small cameos or supporting roles. Still, there is a chance that Pyslocke may play a very important role in the film, so let’s not rule anything out just yet.
Also known as Betsy Braddock, Psylocke is a mutant with psychic abilities, and is able to manifest psychic katanas and other ninja-related weaponry. The character has also appeared in the 90s X-Men: The Animated Series as well as the short-lived Wolverine and The X-Men. She made her big screen debut as a villainess (played by Meiling MelanÃ§on) fighting alongside Magneto in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Written by by Simon Kinberg, X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27, 2016.